TRUCKEE, Calif. — In an effort to better utilize resources, the town of Truckee’s animal services department transitioned to the Truckee Police Department on July 1.
The pairing is “traditional” for local government, said Police Chief Adam McGill.
“Service will not diminish in any way for the public,” he said.
When not responding to animal-related calls, animal service officers — who have been reclassified as community service officers — will perform light police work, McGill said, such as helping with traffic control, writing parking citations and addressing abandoned vehicles.
“It’s a more efficient use of the taxpayer dollars,” McGill said.
While the transition doesn’t translate to fiscal savings for the town, it does increase the production and service of existing town employees, he said.
General animal services inquires can still be made by calling 530-582-7830, with emergency calls at 530-550-2320.